First Impressions: Cape Town

An American traveler’s first 48 Hours in Cape Town, South Africa Images by Travis Levius, @misterlevius Pre-Arrival My Johannesburg visit was lovely- very grateful to have experienced the misunderstood city for myself- but Cape Town has been one of my “must-visit places before dying” for ages.  It’s a place that doesn’t need much selling…we’ve all…

First Impressions: Johannesburg

An American traveler’s first 48 hours in Jozi, South Africa Instagram: @misterlevius Note to self: Next time, avoid visiting Johannesburg during the Christmas/New Year’s season if you’re looking for the usual summertime bustle.  The city, I’ve been told, goes near empty at this time as Jozi dwellers flock to idyllic coastal towns such as Cape Town…

The Big Leap: 5 Reasons I Left the U.S. for London

This new life chapter of mine is an insane one. Earlier this summer I said “ciao” to the USA- my assigned birthplace- for London, UK, the truest home in my heart. People who know me know how infatuated I am with this city, lovestruck ever since I studied abroad here in 2008. I’ll save my…

LondonLife: The Hundred Foot Journey Gala Screening (with Helen Mirren)!

I had a stroke of London luck Wednesday, winning tickets to see the Helen Mirren-fronted UK gala premiere of “The Hundred Foot Journey.” It’s a Steven Spielberg and Oprah-produced film, and I discovered they both appeared at the New York City premiere a few weeks prior. Could you imagine if they came to London?! I,…

Trip Essentials: 6 Must-Have (and Free) Apps for Every Traveler

While it’s exciting to discover a growing market of trendy, trick-heavy travel apps- one can now book private jet flights with apps such as BlackJet and PrivateFly- we still wonder: what are the excellent, practical apps suitable for all travelers?  From the business exec to the budget backpacker, these tried-and-true apps are the definitive finds for every…

Insider’s London: Albion Cafe, Shoreditch

In a Nutshell: A trendy resto in a very trendy area that surprisingly delivers on food quality (and spectator fashion). Best For: People-Gawking, Al Fresco Dining/Drinking, Artsy Types, Hipsters & The People Who Love Them, British Dining, Brunch Neighborhood: Shoreditch There’s the Boundary Hotel and its posh rooftop bar above…and the members-only Shoreditch House across…

Insider’s London: Ottolenghi, Belgravia

(Pictured: Yotam Ottolenghi, the international chef-God himself) In a Nutshell: Yotam’s smallest, most charming London branch of stunning daily-changing dishes & sweets Best For: Gourmands, Sweet Tooth Bandits, Luxe Lovers, Posh Diners, Party of 2, Aspiring Chefs, Intimate Experiences Neighborhood: Belgravia You know it’s real love once you return the 2nd time and your heart…

Insider’s London: The Proud Archivist

In a Nutshell: A hip, multipurpose canal-side space in East London with prime surroundings (and people-watching) Best for: Hipsters & the People Who Love Them, Al Fresco Drinking/Dining, Artsy-Smartsy Types, Minimalist Enthusiasts, People-Gawking, Style Mavens, View Seekers Neighborhood: Haggerston Being everything to everyone seldom works for an independent business, but it’s surely worked in The…

Bug-Eating in London, and Other Life Lessons

 Image Credit: @wilkes888 I know…you probably think I’m nuts. I can just feel that smoldering energy of judgment piercing through your laptop/smartphone device. Honestly, I’m not sure what came over me a few days ago, but when I saw a London listing for a pop-up insect tasting near St. Paul’s, I was thrilled to try…

Nuptials in Nigeria [Part IV: Main Wedding Day!]// Adventures of a Destination Wedding Photographer

“Nuptials in Nigeria” is a series of first accounts from American-turned-Londoner photographer and inspiration/travel writer Travis Levius.   This was his 1st time on the African continent to photograph an exciting 2-day destination wedding in Lagos, Nigeria. View his wedding portfolio at http://www.MisterLeviusPhoto.com/Weddings {WEDDING DAY 2 OF 2} The grand finale of my African destination…